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RSS By: Nancy Rupp, Ultimate Farm Quest

Doug and Nancy Rupp farm 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans in northwest Ohio, near Stryker. The Rupps are progressive farm family operators who use marketing strategies, technology and teamwork to attain the on-going success of their farming enterprise. 

While Doug farms full time now, he taught business and free enterprise classes for 30 years at the local high school and community college and also ran a painting contracting business, all the while building his farming operation. At one point in his teaching career, Doug also coached the high school wrestling team.
Nancy was a teacher and guidance counselor for 39 years, and continues to work in the Pettisville, Ohio, school system part-time. In addition, she manages the farm finances.
In this blog, Nancy will chronicle their experiences as one of the Ultimate Farm Quest case study families.

Another Harvest Season Completed

Oct 28, 2010

This is probably the longest dry spell we’ve ever had. We just haven’t had much rain to speak of, which is so different from what we’ve experienced the past couple of years. Doug says the last field he planted to wheat is not germinating well, and that’s very unusual. He says some of our wheat fields may not make it or they’ll be behind where they should be growth-wise, and we’re hearing that same message from other area farmers. We had some phenomenal winds that blew through here earlier this week. The winds along with the dry weather have really dried out our soils. We had hoped to get some much-needed moisture, but we ended up getting only 2/10 to 3/10 of an inch. On a brighter note, Doug says a lot of tillage is getting done in our area, which is a blessing—especially compared to last year. Doug says almost 95 percent of the corn in our area has been harvested, and we finished up last week. We didn’t have to dry any corn this year, for which we’re very thankful. While our corn yields were better last year, we are still pleased with our yield results from this season, considering the lack of rain and the heat units we had. As farmers, we know things are not ever perfect, but we are pleased with how this year went for us and hope other farmers are happy as well.

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